Opera Night Saturday 23 August 2014
Launched in 1931, the Met’s Saturday matinee broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical radio series in American broadcast history. The 86th season of Saturday broadcasts will once again be heard over the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network. You can hear the 2016/17 Season every Saturday from 7pm on Opera Night and for details of the season, view their schedule here.
In a fantastical world of ferocious dragons and enchanted musical instruments, a noble prince sets out to rescue a beautiful princess and ensure the triumph of truth and justice. Soprano Sarah Shafer is Pamina, tenor Paul Appleby is Tamino, baritone Efrain Solis is Papageno, bass-baritone Alfred Reiter is Sarastro, coloratura soprano Albina Shagimuratova (pictured) is the Queen of the Night, tenor Greg Fedderly is Monostatos,soprano Jacueline Piccolino is the First Lady, mezzo Nian Wang is the Second Lady, mezzo Zanda Svede is the Third Lady, soprano Maria Valdes is Papagena, bass Anthony Reed is the Speaker and Richard Walker is the First Priest. The San Francisco Chorus and Orchestra is conducted by Lawrence Foster.
In his comic masterpiece, Wagner set aside gods and goddesses to tell a touchingly human story about the power of art. When an impetuous young singer arrives in a proud German city determined to dazzle the townsfolk and win the love of a beautiful woman, his attempts to prove himself find sympathy in a wise cobbler-poet. Acclaimed Wagnerian Mark Elder conducts a stellar cast headed by noted British baritone James Rutherford (pictured) as Hans Sachs. San Francisco Opera favorite Brandon Jovanovich returns in a richly detailed and joyful production by David McVicar. Mark Elder conducts the San Francisco Opera Chorus and Orchestra.